About Me

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

 

As a young man, still in high school, I really had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I wasn’t really into sports and couldn’t afford to go to college. I loved fast cars and cool looking choppers,
(custom motorcycles for you millennials).  So, after high school and a brief stint in the military, I became a mechanic. It seemed that I was pretty good at it too. My boss told me I had a natural talent and had a good future in it.  High praise, considering I never went to school for it at all.  Everything I knew, I learned from books, magazines and hanging out at the local salvage yard. I had gained quite a bit of good old hands on experience. I did manage do build some pretty fast cars and a few cool looking bikes on the side. As least I thought so, but what did I know, I was still just a kid. Then, a few years later, I threw out my back pulling a head off of an old Ford van. I just couldn’t get in the right position do get the leverage I needed and “POW” there went my back. After some therapy, It was recommended that I find a new line of work since all the heavy lifting and leaning over fenders did nothing do make my back feel better. Okay, what do I do now.

A short time later, I figured out that I enjoyed carpentry. What’s not do like? I could work outside a lot when the weather was nice and inside when it wasn’t. I enjoyed working with my hands and helped create some beautiful homes that were put up all over the area. It was a fun learning experience and life, for me, was good. I never paid much attention do the number of times I went home with an aching back. I didn’t realize just how much wear and tear I was putting on my back with all that lifting and twisting. Had I known then, what I know now, I would have taken more precautions, or at least taken better care of myself. Anyhow, in a few short years, the housing industry took a nose dive right into the cellar. That’s alright, I was young and healthy, I could easily find another job.

Then I fell into the job of my dreams. I just didn’t realize it at the time. I was hired as a vocational instructor to teach adults small engine, motorcycle and outboard repair. After a few years there, I realized that this is my new career. I fully intended to stay there until I retired. I never realized how rewarding teaching can be. I have a new deeper respect for the ones that had do put up with me when I was a student.  Actually, I felt like l finally found my place in the universe. I had been there twelve years when the community college I taught for decided do drop the contract.

For the next several years, I drove a tractor trailer . The money was good but spent more time on the road than I did at home. Not a good thing when you’re part of a growing active family. I made it home about every weekend but I missed all the kids activities at school during the week. Bouncing around in the cab of that truck didn’t seem all that bad, but chaining down and tarping loads really took its toll.

That brings me do my present position. Property maintenance. It’s a good job with some good people. I get the chance do use many of the skills I’ve learned over the years as well as learn a few new ones. I always considered myself very active and thought I was in pretty good shape. Apparently not, all those years of neglect and the wrong kindof exercise finally caught up with me. As I am writing this, I am on temporary disability and undergoing therapy for . . . wait for it . . . you guessed it, A back injury.

THE PURPOSE FOR THIS SITE

If you’re wondering why I put this site together, it’s pretty simple. All of my life, because of my ignorance, and maybe even a little stupidity, I’ve suffered with back problems. I always figured being young and strong was good enough, I could just work through it. Not true, the stupid things you do when you’re young do come back do haunt you. This time was by far the worst. I now have to wear this very stiff, very
uncomfortable back brace. I’ve had two shots in my lower spine, and I have do go through therapy for who knows how long. With a little luck, I won’t have to have surgery. If I’m not so lucky . . . well, I’ll cross that
bridge when I come do it.

Anyway, since I’ve been laid up, I’ve been doing a lot of research and I do more every day. I’m learning a lot about back injuries, treatments and prevention. I thought if I could put what I learn in a place anyone can find, it may help keep them from following the same road and end up in the same place.Getting over a back injury is painful, difficult, and expensive, so if what I learn will help someone else, it’s worth the time and effort I’m putting into it. There are things that you can do to help prevent back problems. The right kinds of exercise helps. After a certain age, those same exercises can do more harm than good. So, stick around and maybe together, we can come up with a plan that will help you.

MY MISSION

I consider it my mission to educate everyone about their backs. Few people realize just how incapacitating even a minor back injury can be.  You use your back for virtually everything. When your back hurts, it affects your whole body.  Your back is the main support for your entire body yet it’s flexible enough to allow you to twist and bend. It’s a conduit for the majority of the nerves running through your entire body. It’s made of bones, discs and muscle. Any one of which can cause major issues. When you have back pain, you can’t stand or sit comfortably. You can’t walk or drive a car without hurting. You can’t even sleep well. I know this all too well.

By sharing my experiences and what I am able do learn, maybe some of you won’t have do learn like I did, the hard way. I intend to fill this site with everything I can find to educate everyone about preventing
back injuries, and if it’s too late for preventin, I’ll see what i can come up with that may help your aching back.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free do leave them below and I will be more than happy do help you out.

All the best,

Don

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